Update: (10/11) Ancient Faith Radio has the audio from, “In the Footsteps of Tikhon and Grafton – Anglican and Orthodox Identity, Ministry and Mission in the 21th Century,” the Anglican-Orthodox Conference featuring discussions and addresses by representatives of St. Vladimir’s Seminary and Nashotah House. Listen here.
The History of Anglican/Orthodox Relations
Fr. Stephen Platt moderated and the speakers were Fr. Chad Hatfield and Fr. Arnold Klukas.
Mrs. Glynn Mackoul moderated and the speakers were Fr. William Olnhausen and Fr. Jack Gabig.
Bishops and Mission
Fr. Chad Hatfield moderated and the speakers were Bishop Melchizedek and Bishop Frank Lyons.
Anglican/Orthodox Theological Training
Fr. Arnold Klukas moderated and the speakers were Fr. Chad Hatfield and Dean Munday
The Future of Anglican and Orthodox Relations
Both Deans moderated and the speakers were Archbishop William Duncan and Metropolitan Jonah.
Anglican/Orthodox Relations In Practice
In the final session the speakers are Fr. Stephen Platt and Bishop Keith Ackerman. The session begins with Fr. Stephen giving an overview of the Fellowship of Sts. Alban and Sergius.
VirtueOnline, an Anglican news site, reports that “a decade’s long impasse between Anglicanism and the Orthodox Church has been broken at an ecumenical conference.” Correspondent Michael Hiedt writes that a historic “covenant” has been signed between Nashotah House, an Anglican seminary in Wisconsin, and St. Vladimir’s Seminary which calls for “traditional Anglican leaders and their counterparts in the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) … to work towards unity.”
Speaking to an international audience of one hundred and seventy people, ACNA (Anglican Church in North America) Archbishop, Robert Duncan, stated that signing the conference’s inter-seminary covenant, committing Nashotah House and St. Vladimir’s seminaries to mutual prayer and fellowship, “lays the groundwork of something very much larger”, namely “serious dialogue” with the OCA and “the resumption of ecumenical discussion between two separated parts of the Church.”
Heidt said that OCA Metropolitan Jonah, “a former Anglican,” spoke about the urgency of Christian unity in the face of an “increasingly aggressive secularism.” The metropolitan said that the aim of the Anglican-Orthodox talks was nothing less than unity:
“The Orthodox Church has this central vision of being united in Christ by the Spirit to the Father and we cannot bear not to be united to one another. This is really about our identity as Christians, it’s not about labels, institutes, it’s about the living reality of our communion in Christ by the Holy Spirit… (this) must be made manifest by our communion in the Chalice… of our eternal life.”
This means that full union between Orthodoxy and traditional Anglicanism is imperative and goes beyond mutual projects and discussion. “That’s the goal of our dialogue, absolute unity,” said the Metropolitan, and this will be “actualized through repentance, a mutual striving towards God and the will of God.” For Jonah, unity will only be achieved by walking the way of the Cross, which means letting go of “our desire for power and control, personal agendas… nothing else matters.”
St. Vladimir’s announcement about the Oct. 8-10 conference, and a list of speakers, is available here.